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kittybecca wrote

I'm tweaking as I go. I'm starting with a clone and seeing where I can make changes when that's done. In a lot of senses it will never be a real clone because the lexicon will be considerably different, will lack many Klingon concepts and introduce many new concepts.

I think modifications to the grammar and things like that after a while will probably happen eventually. At the moment the syllable structure is only slightly different; it could be called a generalization of Klingon's CVC structure... even though the phonological inventory is different. And I've also already added "vowel dissonance," a requirement that two front vowels or two back vowels not appear consecutively within the same word (maybe their ability to produce sound is much more adept and the focus is on clarity via contrast). So even phonologically it's considerably divergent.

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yaaqov wrote

I see! Well, cool.

By the way, the "dissonance" you've described definitely appears in natural language! In contemporary phonology these phenomena are called OCP (obligatory contour principle) effects.